Is Capcom Declining And Failing?
Dead Rising, Monster Hunter, Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and Street Fighter are all brilliant games we all know and love, but could this huger developer be on the verge of dying?
Capcom released its quarterly financial statements to the public recently for 2017 with some fascinating results. During the first quarter, their profits declined close to 10% of what their past year had shown. Some say this is due to the lack of major releases while many loyal fans will fight for this franchise to their dying breath that it will come back again.
Even with this recent dip in numbers, Capcom was awarded the Award for Excellence in the Games of the Year Division of the Japan Game Awards: 2017 for Resident Evil 7 biohazard and Monster Hunter XX. They also were named the top game to look forward to with Monster Hunter: World. These big developers are pressing forward despite the financials.
Now let’s move on to the 4th quarter of this year and we see a much-changed outlook. According to their report, Capcom “reduced expenses in this quarter with the aim of profit improvement, which included reviewing and re-evaluating our cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses.” Capcom Press Release. The sales are back up to 17% year over year growth which may mean we can still count on them for our favorite upcoming titles. Do these numbers mean a small glitch in the matrix or is this an about long-term trend towards the decline of Capcom?